This wasn’t the start to the New Year that we had all hoped for. We thought we would lift our spirits by studying the beautiful country of Mexico and the amazing traditions and history it holds. Both our children learning from home and our children in school have worked very hard and we are extremely proud of them all.
Despite the challenging circumstances, we have written for many different purposes and audiences and focussed on a range of genres. Our learning in school began with researching the Mexican festival, Dia de los Muertos, and we produced an informative non-chronological report. The award-winning animation Dia de los Muertos inspired our children to write a narrative about a little girl who is reunited with her mother. We have also used persuasive devices to produce a superb hotel brochure promoting the stunning Hotel Rui Emerald Bay. Coco, the Disney Pixar film, has been the focus for first person narrative (diaries, letters and descriptions) about the events of Miguel’s fascinating visit to the Land of the Dead.
In maths, we have consolidated our understanding of shape (2D and 3D) by identifying, classifying and sorting shapes and making our own 3D models. Following that, we have worked out missing angles and measuring angles in shapes. Reading the time on analogue and digital clocks, has been another important focus along with converting times between 12 and 24 hour clock and reading and understanding timetables. Following that, our children have learnt how to use and apply BODMAS to work out tricky calculations.
Topic work – Ancient Maya
Learning about Mexico would not be complete without studying the ancient Maya culture and traditions. Children have independently researched and presented an area of the Maya culture. Children have used their geographical skills to locate Mexico on a world map and label the continents, oceans and the major cities of Mexico. We have thoroughly enjoyed imitating Mexican folk art using watercolours which have improved our design and fine motor skills. In school, the children have been lucky enough to continue learning the ukuele with Miss Dawes. Spanish lessons have been delivered online by Mr Jordan.